Matrixyl™ has a special place among key cosmetic ingredients. Here is its story.
Today, peptides have a special place in the world of cosmetic ingredients. The concept of “bioactive” peptides emerged in the early 1990s. At first, quite a number of people remained sceptical, but then it gradually imposed itself, forming a whole family, and eventually became ubiquitous, as it covered all application categories.
Until then, the “anti-ageing world” was mainly interested in managing the ECM: the extracellular matrix. The ECM long remained – and will remain so for quite a while – one of the anti-ageing targets on which so many efforts and strategies were focused. It all started in the 1970s, with collagen, and then elastin, which, in the beginnings, was naively added to preparations. Later, formulators turned towards substances that could handle good and bad collagen or manage the stock of elastin, which reduces over time, or all sorts of similar approaches. Then, peptides arrived, offering more advanced solutions. Matrixyl™ was to become the reference substance in this field. It actually became the first undisputed representative of what would be called matrikines for their ECM-related activity.
You can discover its story here and here. The list of its uses is too long to be reported in a post, but they cover all countries in all continents. Rewarded with endless awards and prizes, it went down in history, and now a nice e-book tells its story. It had many descendants, due to further improvements, but it does remain a reference today. Lets discover his family.
Thanks to Karl Lintner for telling us this beautiful story.
Have a good read.
Jean Claude LE JOLIFF